Letter to the Editor: Rossland Council for Arts and Culture

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is looking for volunteers to join our board.

Editor:

RCAC Wants You!

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is looking for volunteers to join our board.

RCAC has been “enhancing lifestyles through creative expression” since being founded in 1998. The group’s mission is to provide, promote and further cultural and artistic opportunities that enhance the quality of life in Rossland.

If you are passionate about the arts and have some time to dedicate to help us achieve that mission we would love to hear from you.

RCAC has many ongoing projects and programs, all facilitated by our dedicated Board members. You could be involved in implementing one or more of these exciting initiatives.

RCAC’s Downtown Sculpture project brings art to the main street of Rossland. The Ravens outside the library, Rusty the Horse, Two Bears Playing, and Sphere of Influence outside Revolution Cycles have all been selected and installed thanks to RCAC’s Sculpture committee.

Have you seen the “Poetrees” on the KC trail? This is part of RCAC’s Random Acts of Culture initiative, which focuses on the creation or encouragement of spontaneous art events in unusual or unconventional spaces.

The RCAC Performance Series is in its 11th season of bringing high quality performances to Rossland. Volunteering as part of the Performance Series committee you would help organize this successful program and assist with bringing more of these artists to town.

RCAC has a special relationship with the Rossland Miners Hall. For the past 15 years, RCAC has been leading improvements to the Hall that support performance; these improvements include upgrading of acoustics, sound equipment, lighting and audience seating. Now, in partnership with the City of Rossland, RCAC is spearheading a major renovation- turning the spacious attic of the Miners Hall into useable space for the arts and the community, as well as restoring the exterior and front façade of the building. This is a major project that will require a lot of volunteer help. If you are passionate about this community hall there are many ways you could help support this project.

Other RCAC programs include our Youth Film Programming, and the Joe Hill Coffee House. Should you have ideas for new and different programs or ventures we would be interested to hear about those as well. We are always looking for new perspectives.

Organizations benefit from volunteers, because volunteers make programs run but volunteers receive many benefits as well.  According to helpguide.org volunteering can:

• help you make new friends and contacts

• increase your social and relationship skills

• increase self-confidence

• help you stay physically healthy

• teach you valuable job skills

If that isn’t enough, volunteering makes you happy! According to a study in Social Science and Medicine: compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteered monthly, 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks, and 16% for those who volunteer weekly!

If you love the arts and have some time to dedicate to the arts in our community we would like to hear from you. To find out more about how to get involved and become part of our team as a board member or volunteer please contact RCAC President Renate Fleming at renatefleming@gmail.com.

 

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture